Lockheed Martin Announces Affordable, Clean Fusion Energy Just 10 Years Away

By: | October 19th, 2014

According to a Lockheed Martin announcement October 15, 2014, the National Academy of Engineering may soon be able to “tick off” one of the 14 “Grand Challenges for Engineering” for the century ahead. If true, this would be a game changer that would provide humanity with a clean unlimited supply of energy and in one fell swoop eliminate pollution and possibly, end the threat of adverse climate change.

Lockheed Martin said it has made a significant breakthrough in nuclear fusion, the same process that powers the Sun, that will enable it to build a fusion reactor producing 100 MW of energy and powering 100,000 homes, and fit on the back of a truck; the new fusion reactor would be just 1/10 the size of current designs. The company says it will have its first prototype up and running over the next five years and a full working version by 2024.

Lockheed Martin developed the technology at its famous Skunk Works operation, which helped develop the U-2 spy plane, the F-117 stealth fighter jet and other cutting-edge technologies.

A quick look at the list below shows that if #2 can be checked off, nearly all of the other major challenges will be significantly easier to accomplish as a result.

  1. Make solar energy economical
  2. Provide energy from fusion
  3. Develop carbon sequestration methods
  4. Manage the nitrogen cycle
  5. Provide access to clean water
  6. Restore and improve urban infrastructure
  7. Advance health informatics
  8. Engineer better medicines
  9. Reverse-engineer the brain
  10. Prevent nuclear terror
  11. Secure cyberspace
  12. Enhance virtual reality
  13. Advance personalized learning
  14. Engineer the tools of scientific discovery

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David Russell Schilling

David enjoys writing about high technology and its potential to make life better for all who inhabit planet earth.

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